A TB survivor tells her story - Part 6: Getting cured

Transcription - A TB survivor tells her story. Part 6: Getting Cured

Transcription - A TB survivor tells her story. Part 6: Getting Cured

(Gentle music plays in background.)

TEXT on Screen: Health in Our Hands

TEXT on Screen: A TB survivor tells her story

TEXT on Screen: You are watching part 6 of a 6 part series.

TEXT on Screen: Part 6: Getting Cured

(First Nations woman sitting on couch)

TEXT on Screen: Eileen Necroch

Eileen Necroch: My son was diagnosed with latent TB. Latent TB is a sleeping TB, It's not infectious. It's not active, it's sleeping in your body. The germ is there, but it's not doing anything, it's sleeping in your body. I asked him to take the meds and I said it was up to him. I said. "The reason I'm asking you, I need you to think about the people in our community, our elders, and if anything your nephew and your niece."

And he goes, "why mom?" And I said, "because latent TB can become infectious TB later in life. And he goes, "Okay mom, I'll take the meds."

Take all your meds. Do what you need to do to get rid of it, if you take your meds and you don't finish them, what kind of strain of TB are you making?

Physically I feel really healthy, physically I feel like I could climb mountains.

People in my community treat me better, because the education is out there. They know they don't need to be afraid of me.

TB has no walls. It doesn't care about race, gender, how much money you make, whether you are rich or poor. It's got no walls. If TB gets in you, it's there and it's not leaving until you do something about it.

TEXT on Screen: Health Canada. Learn more about TB at healthycanadians.gc.ca/tuberculosis

TEXT on Screen: Government of Canada Wordmark

TEXT on Screen: Produced by APTN (Aboriginal People's Television Network)

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